With at least 15 cruises under our belts and many of them top-notch, this cruise was a 3-run homerun, if not a grandslam. The Dawn was stately, massive, beautifully appointed and visually stunning.
Our room was exceptionally well-tended, the food--especially with the "Freestyle dining" option--was exceptional, as was our service. The staff was friendly and helpful, not an easy task with almost 3000 customers to serve. With three boys under 15, the one-price/week-long soda deal was a best buy, and the casual dinner dress was a godsend.
Egress and ingress at ports of call couldn't have been easier, but the embarkation in NYC was both crowded and hectic, and the disembarkation process was far too long.
The convenience of NYC area departure was an added plus, and baggage loading was handled very well. Even so, an early arrival at the pier is an advantage.
I've sailed with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America and others, and i had good experiences on almost all of them. None was better than the Norwegian Dawn, and we'd go back in a heartbeat--if we had the money.
I'm glad we went before the college bills started arriving.
I asked myself, what would I do if it rains most of the cruise? Would I be able to stand it on the ship with out getting off. After my Bermuda/ Bahama Cruise I found that the Norwegian Dawn could keep me occupied and happy if that did happen. There was way too much to do. I was checking off what I wanted to do, the night before, so I wouldn't miss anything. I even was able to get out of the sun by going to the movies. In air conditioning! I have been on four cruise lines now, and find this my favorate.
I was on the 4/10/05 sailing when the ship went into very high seas on the 15th after leaving Miami. . We were hitting seas of 28 to 40 feet and force 9 winds of up to 60 knots. The staff and crew were excellant during and after the storm. We got an extra day and all kinds of perks and refunds from ncl.
Overall, the potential was there - it was a beautiful day and perfect for cruising. But the boarding procedure was time-consuming - it took close to two hours. Staff on the ground were downright unfriendly and mocking. We finally were able to get onto the boat, when the life-boat drill took another 40 minutes. OK - we got beyond the hoardes and found a quiet spot - finally. Then we were able to start relaxing. Overall, if the boarding staff had been friendly and helpful, it might have been a less stressful "vacation" getaway. But, no. Won't do that ever again!
This cruise is the best thing I have spend my money on in a long time. I went back to work on Monday and was taking so much about it and showing off the pitcures I took that my co-workers are now asking me to make plans for another and include them.
This being my 31st cruise on various cruise lines, including NCL, the food was the worst for taste, selection and preparation. Couldn't believe they charged $15/day to use the gym and sauna. The food on the NCL Spirit was much better.
It was our wedding anniversary and it was the best and quick get away for just me and my husband. Its all worth it,the food,the fun, and a place to sleep out in the sea.No boring minute, the excitement begins when you board and stops when you disinbark.
Well my first impression of the ship was like any other first impression for a first timer. It was HUGE!! I've never set foot or even come near a cruise ship until my first voyage, so I was automatically impressed. Upon entering your room the staff instructs the passengers to participate in a mandatory life jacket drill in the theatre, after that the fun began. Everyone goes up to the very top deck and there is the most amazing barbacue with live music and of course drinks. Just so i won't spoit it for you I will just say that the food was great just don't over eat because you still have more food coming to you through out the day.I did the cruise to Nowhere which was for 1 night and I sure wish it was for much longer because I never really got to enjoy all that ship offers. My girlfriend and I stood in the Balcony stateroom and it was just perfect. It was great to have a room with your own balcony with patio furniture especially when you just want to sit outside in your own privacy and have a few drinks. The bed was pretty comfy, great sized bathroom every thing separated. You have your own fidge where you can store cold beers or whatever.
For dinner my girlfriend and I went to cagney's steak house and the food and service was great. It was a specialty resturant which meant you had make a reservation and pay for the dinner but it was worth it. The service was a little slow at first but it was a full resturant and a full ship. After dinner we went to the casino played a few of the slots and won a little drinking money which was great. After digesting the food we both went to Dazzles night club and it was just a really fun night. They first had some karoke where you see random people make fools of themselves but afterwards they bring in a DJ and the real party starts. Non stop dancing, good crowd, and of course the non stop service. Every time my drink was empty someone from the ships staff was there to take care of it. At the end of our voyage to nowhere the ship serves a breakfast buffet of pretty much anything you can think of eating in the morning.
Overrall my one night on the Norweigan Dawn was just the best. My girlfriend and I are now planning to do a real 5 day cruise. I recommend the one night cruise to anyone who has never been on cruise. It is a good way to experience what it is like before you commit to a longer 5 or 7 day cruise.
This was our first time onboard the Norwegian cruise line.
We didn't know how it would compare with the other lineswe had sailed on. We were pleasantly surprised.
Although we did have to wait nearly two hours to board the ship,we managed to enjoy every aspect of the sailing experience.
There was always upbeat music playing by the pool.
We didn't get to try all of the restaurants onboard.
We did try the Venetian which was our favorite, the garden cafe, Sala and Aqua.
The food was great.
All in all, a good value.
The ship was all I could have imagined. After a disastrous honeymoon cruise 25 years ago, it was refreshing to see how far along the cruise industry has come. I was especially pleased with the size of the Dawn. It was quite spacious, but not overwhelmingly huge as some cruise ships are. The display of art was quite enjoyable as well. The cleanliness of the ship was most refreshing. I have never stayed in accomodations with such cleanliness. As for the restaurants, they were wonderful. Their reservations always ran on time, there was never any wait time. The CHOCOHOLICS night was most impressive with the skills of the culinary staff displayed for all to see and eat, and enjoy. Yummy!!!!! I would most defiitely recommend the Dawn!
We sailed on the Dawn for 11 nights in March of 2006 and really enjoyed our trip. We went on Norwegian for the first time to try the freestyle dining. This we really liked. You don't have to worry about being back on the ship at a certain time to get ready for an assigined dinner seating like other cruiselines. You can eat anytime starting at 5:30 and you don't have to get dressed up in a suit or gown. Casual dress is allowed in all dining rooms. (no shorts or jeans) You can still dress formal if you like. There are 3 main dining rooms to choose from and 4 specialty restaurants plus the buffet to eat at. The specialty restaurants have an additional fee of between $15 and $25 and you need to make reservations at these. We didn't eat at any of these. We had an inside cabin which seemed smaller than other cruiselines and there was only 3 draws for clothes. There are places we found to put all our clothes, but it would have been nicer to have had more draws. The shower is bigger than other ships and it had glass doors which made it nicer. The layout of the ship took some getting used to. Our room was on the 8th floor and if you were at the front of the ship and wanted to get to the back, you had to zig zag you way there,.it wasn't a straight hallway. We don't know how it was on the other floors.
The staff and crew did an excellent job answering any questions you may have. Also the service in the dining rooms , bars and lounges was excellent. The nightly entertainment was very good. They had the usual comedians, magicians, singers and dancers. We would recommend this cruise to anyone.
I loved the ship. The layout was great. The indoor pool and spa was a great place to hang out on the way home when we were getting into colder weather.. The cook-outs on deck offered even more food options and the ice cream by the pool was simply wonderful. Everyone was friendly and there were so many things to do between ports. The stops were as planned except for the private island. But we visited the Dominican Republic instead, which was a nice stop.
The Norwegian Dawn is a ship well cared for. Everything on the ship looked like it was the first time it had set sail. Perfect. The staff was not only helpful, but by day 2 new our names, and what we liked to drink. You couldn't ask for better service than we were given on our 10-day cruise.
The food was a little disappointing. It wasn't bad, just not everything I had always heard it would be. Especially breakfast.
Bingo was expensive, but fun, and the entertainment onboard was absolutely top-notch. The ports that we visited were all stunning. I would give this cruise a full 6 smiles on everything except the food.
I'd do it again, and again and again. Awesome. NCL has my vote, everyday!
WE WENT ON FLORIDA/BAHAMAS CRUISE IN OCTOBER 2005 WITH OUR TEENAGE DAUGHTERS(17 & 16). WE HAD A GREAT TIME. I DON'T THINK WE WILL EVER TAKE ANOTHER CRUISE WITHOUT FREESTYLE DINING. WE ARE NOT THE TYPE OF PEOPLE TO STICK TO SCHEDULES ON VACATION! WE HARDLY EVER SAW OUR KIDS( EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE NOT TOO MANY OTHER KIDS ON THIS CRUISE SINCE IT WAS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, THEY MANAGED TO MEET A FEW AND HUNG OUT WITH THEM ALL THE TIME). WE RENTED A CAR AND WENT TO UNIVERSAL STUDIOS IN PORT CANAVERAL (MUCH CHEAPER TO DO IT THIS WAY THAN THROUGH ONBOARD EXCURSIONS). WE RENTED JETSKIS IN ATLANTIS, AND HAD DOLPHINS SWIM RIGHT UP NEXT TO US!! VERY COOL, EVEN FOR THE TEENAGERS! I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE TO ANYONE, AND AM ALREADY BOOKING OUR NEXT ONE.
(WE DID NOT GET TO GO TO THE PRIVATE ISLAND DUE TO STORMY WEATHER AND HAD SOME ISSUES SINCE WE HAD BOOKED AN EXCURSION, AND ALSO HAD ONE OTHER PROBLEM WITH SERVICE IN THE INTERNET CAFE, BUT WE MADE AN ADJUSTMENT ON THE PREPAID GRATUITY WITHOUT ANY HASSLES! (YOU CAN ASK FOR AN ADJUSTMENT ON THE LAST NIGHT OF THE CRUISE).
We took the cruise during New Year's, and it was amazing. The food was great, although service was slow, but this isn't fast food, so that was fine. The shows were the best out of any other hotel/cruise shows that we've seen. The rooms were nice and cozy. Service was amazing, we put the sign on the door to clean the room/make the beds in the morning, then we would go eat breakfast, and when we got back to our room, it was already clean. Overall, we loved this cruise, and we're definitely considering taking another one.
Embarkation was a little slow, however this was in no way the fault of NCL. I arrived a little early and I think had I been one hour later the long lines would have been gone. This ship is totally awesome! I have cruised three times this year and I have to wonder if I will ever be happy on another ship. The Dawn is state of the art in every way. At no time did I feel like I was on a ship. It was like being in a 5 STAR hotel. The spa is breathtaking and the staff there is the best I have ever encountered on sea or land. The food was perfect and the selection unbelievable. I did not make it to all the restaurants on the ship because 7 days was just not enough. Finally, the entertainment of the Ryan group was spectacular. Each show just got better and better. Also, The entertainers in the bar area were great as well.I could write a lot more about this experience but words cannot do this ship and its staff justice.
I would first like to thank the crew of Nowegian Dawn for a perfect vacation for all in my family. From my 1 year old, thru my father in law who is 90% confined to a wheel chair. The other reviews which I have read seem to be fair. But some things need to be clarified.# 1 The Dawn leaves from NYC, population 10 million - expect delays in one of the busiest port in the country. There staff handles everything to the best of there ability. # 2 The kids camp is something my wife and I had our doubts about, The staff was professional in everyway. When my 2 year old son arrived home he was upset about not being able to see his new found friends. I did though here a couple complaints on the frequency of pick ups. I would suggest either bringing a sitter or using the on board service. I also enjoyed the pizza making parties in the Kids Cafe. # 3 The no tipping policy work out great, though I did compensate additionally the staff tending to my family. # 4 Drinking althought some people felt the staff was if they were a little aggressive, I on the other hand enjoy the fact that what ever I want is within Eyesight.# 5 The food was wonderful, service great, and freestyle dining with children is definitely the way to go.Last and but not least - The Ship. The Dawn has everthing you would ever want. Rooms were spacious, balcony was a big plus.Overall - I will be taking the Dawn Again.I loved this trip.
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